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Kiko, Sharon to launch Luzon-wide caravan

Press Release
By Office of Majority Leader Kiko Pangilinan
May 3, 2007

PASAY CITY, Philippines  –  SENATOR Francis "Kiko" Pangilingan will take campaigning on another level as he and his family, including wife Megastar Sharon Cuneta-Pangilinan rides on the "K Na Express" for a tour of northern and central Luzon early next week.

Dubbed KKK or Kasama si Kiko Karavan, it will be led by a special "K Na Express" bus carrying Pangilinan and his family. It is slated from May 7 to 9, visiting key towns and cities from Ilocos, the Cordillera region, then down to Central Luzon before finally capping the trail in Metro Manila with a big concert-cum-rally.

For centuries, KKK stood for bravery, integrity and unity. It is the living symbol of how Filipinos have fought for their freedom and liberation from foreign control and tyranny.

This time, Pangilinan takes on the same symbol but in a modern context as he seeks to advance people's sentiments and bring national politics to a higher plane.

"This is a symbolic journey towards a better Philippines. Through this, we want to encourage every Filipino who love God and country to join us in the journey towards a new breed of leadership, a new kind of politics, a more meaningful governance," Pangilinan explained in a briefing with media.

"Even the lead vehicle "K Na Express" is symbolic," he said. Dressed up by artists from the University of the Philippines, the bus carries symbols representing the reelectionist senator's major advocacies – human rights, environment, education, housing for the poor and press freedom, among others.

On one side is a huge Philippine flag which signifies Pangilinan's pro-people and pro-country stance. On the other side is a collage of artworks from different volunteer artists led by Philip Alfajora.

Pangilinan admitted that Kasama si Kiko Karavan or KKK is an ambitious mobile campaign but expressed optimism that people along the way will catch his vision for the country.

A star-studded concert-cum-rally to be led by Ms Sharon Cuneta-Pangilinan will be held in Laoag to officially kick-off the KKK. The KKK is composed of a seven-vehicle pack and will start off at Laoag and will travel towards the Cordillera region. The group will head towards Central the following day and finally proceed to Manila for a big Miting de Avance.

More vehicles are expected to join the caravan as it stops in some key towns and cities. Celebrities and local personalities are also expected to hop in the K Na Express.

"If you want a better Philippines, we ask you to join the KKK and let your voices be heard," the re-electionist senator said, addressing people in the areas where the caravan is expected to pass.

Gary Valenciano, Christian Bautista, Judy Ann Santos, JEANS or the Jericho Rosales Band, Kamikazee and Parokya ni Edgar will be among artists and bands expected to join Pangilinan and his wife Sharon at the different stops.

This is the first time that a senatorial candidate will be using a bus to campaign in the towns and provinces. The bus, which serves as a backdrop for rallies, also functions as a communication center for the media.

Earlier, he decided to seek re-election as an independent candidate to offer an alternative to politics as usual and champion a new brand of leadership hat is results-oriented.

If re-elected, Senator Pangilinan will work for an accountable and responsive government, revitalize the judicial system and promote human rights, strengthen the Filipino family, empower the Filipino youth and advocate urban renewal and transformation.